Delmas “Del” Cather, 82, passed away at his home on March 20, 2017, surrounded by his loving family.
Del was born on March 3, 1935, in Maramec, Oklahoma, to John Q. and Helen Dailey Cather. He went to school in Oklahoma until his junior year, when the family moved to Stanford, Montana. He graduated from Stanford High School and later moved to Fairfield, Montana, where he met the love of his life, Shirley Lewis. They were later married on March 18, 1953, in Fairfield. He worked as a custom combiner until 1958, when they moved to Colorado, where he worked in the mining industry. He continued to work in the mining industry and in 1978 moved to Moab, mining uranium. When the uranium boom ended, Del started his own trucking business, where he hauled petroleum and then later hauled for K Sue Construction until he retired in 2008. He continued to work after retirement, doing anything to stay busy.
Del had a great love for the outdoors and he was a member of the Elks Lodge, where he served two years as the exalted ruler – he preferred to be called “the exhausted rooster.” Del’s greatest love was being with his family.
He is survived by his wife of more than six decades, Shirley of Moab; three daughters, Linda Vega of Albuquerque, New Mexico, Robin Cather of Beaverton, Oregon, and Kellie (Dennis) Park of Grand Junction, Colorado; a son, Shane (Candice) Cather of St. George, Utah; one sister, Billie (Barry) Oakley of Fairfield, Montana; 10 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Douglas; and a sister, Elsie Meshew.
At Del’s request, cremation has taken place and a celebration of life will be held on Monday, March 27, 2017, at 11 a.m. at the Community Church.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.SpanishValleyMortuary.com.